Back on Nov 21 before Thanksgiving, I was driving home in my 98 Intrigue with my 3 kids in the back. A few miles from home I was involved in my first serious wreck. There was a semi coming head on. I tried to swerve but it got me. Front drivers side is mashed up, and the whole drivers side of the car is gone. Front tire/suspension, fender, front door all sheered off. Air bags and seat belts did what they were supposed to do. I have no head/neck injuries. Kids were crying, but only a few small cuts from broken glass. My left arm, however, wasn't so lucky. I am surprised I was conscious all the way up to surgery as I get lightheaded from donating a pint of blood. My arm was broke above and below the elbow, and the elbow itself was shattered. I was told it was in over 30 pieces. I had bones showing and I could feel my arm swimming in blood in my sleeve. I have never flown before, but I did get to take my first helicopter ride to the tune of $14,000. Not so much fun lying down strapped to a board. I don't recommend it
Anyway, I've got a Terminator elbow that doesn't move a whole lot yet- working on that. At least I still have feeling in my hand and can use it. Unfortunately it will be a few months before I can lift more than 5lbs with that arm. Got my first test of wills a few days after leaving the hospital- had to change a flat one handed. I am sure I looked retarded sitting on the ground holding up the spare between my legs with my knees to line it up on the studs. Good thing I keep a big torque wrench in the trunk just for lugnuts as the 4way lugwrench don't work one-handed.
I can't go back to work at the dairy until I'm fully recovered, so I have been searching for a light duty job. Unfortunately its looking like a call center is going to be my only option. We have about 4 or 5 different call centers here. I worked in a university call center seeking donations for a while in college- worst job ever. I hope I can deal with doing tech support or upselling businesses on their phone service.
On a related note, I'm also looking into another cheap ($500 range) car. Found an 86 Pontiac 6000 for $325 "beater with a heater", 93 Tempo 154k new tires $499, 94 Taurus good tires, 40k on tranny $475, or a 91 Cavalier 4cyl 172k. I drove a $500 Festiva- mpg'* lured me in. Started shuddering at 30mph, can't imagine it on the highway- I passed. It was nice having the Intrigue as I could swap parts (wheels, etc.). But we'll see what happens. Not going to jump until I've got a job.
Here'* a pic of my elbow with some railroad tracks running up it.